Keith Tubman


Keith Tubman is the head master and founder of Valley Shore Martial Arts. He has trained in various styles of Karate, Kung Fu, and Jujitsu over the years and has more than 33 years of martial arts experience with 24 years teaching. Master Tubman currently holds two master ranks: a 7th Degree Black Belt in the art of Kempo Karate & a 5th Degree Black Belt in Kempo Jutsu. Keith also holds expert level 1 instructor rank in Krav Maga. Keith has had the honor and privilege of being inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2008 for his years of service in teaching the martial arts to a wide audience. Keith has personally worked with thousands of people from all walks of life from the age of 3 years old to 87 years old. His students have ranged from competitive athletes to those with disabilities. He has been privileged to work with students with Down Syndrome, A.D.H.D., Asperger syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Paraplegia, and the visually impaired.

V.S.M.A Head Instructor Highlights

Master Tubman has taught countless programs and seminars at the following:
State of CT (Services of the Blind), Middletown Police Department (Aux. officers)

Old Saybrook Youth & Family Services

Westbrook Y.M.C.A

School systems for: Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Deep River, Chester, Essex, Killingworth, Old Lyme, John-Winthrop, Valley Regional High School, and Mitchell College.

Park & Rec programs for the towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Westbrook

Master Tubman enjoys sharing his vast knowledge and experience with his students. He hopes to continue his work for decades to come.


Kim Kleiman


Kim is currently a 4th Degree Black Belt in the Kempo Karate System. Kim began training in Kempo Karate at USSD in 1997.  She continued her training at Valley Shore Martial arts, earning her 1st degree black belt in 2001, her 2nd degree black belt in 2004, and her 3rd degree black belt in 2008. Kim has studied many other styles: Wing Chun Kung Fu for two years, Tae Kwon Do for two years, grappling for seven years, and took adrenal stress training from Peyton Quinn. Kim stays up to date on the topics of self defense and traditional martial arts by attending various seminars and contributing to many martial art forums.

Kim believes fitness is an important aspect of the martial arts. Sh is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).  Kim enjoys both teaching and participating in numerous fitness programs and currently teaches interval/cardio kickboxing classes at VSMA.  In addition to teaching, Kim likes to keep current on today’s popular fitness trends. She is an avid pilates student and believes strength training is an important part of total fitness.

Kim teaches several women’s self-defense courses at the local YMCA, John Winthrop Junior High School, and Valley Regional High School. She also teaches a traditional Kempo program at Essex Elementary School. In the past Kim has also volunteered as a rape crisis counselor for Conn SACS. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island.


Christopher Smith


Christopher currently holds the rank of level 1 associate instructor in Krav Maga and is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Kempo. He began his training at Valley Shore Martial Arts in 2008 in the art of Ju-Jitsu & Kempo. He is a senior student assistant for the Kempo kids classes where he has been assisting for the past several years. Christopher is a veteran of the armed services who served our country from 1987 to 1996 in both the Navy and the Army.


Nicholas Hartson


Nicholas holds the rank of level 2 associate instructor in Krav Maga. He began his martial arts training in 2013 and also holds the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in Kempo.

  • To provide a safe haven of positive energy and support for our student’s mental and physical growth.
  • To provide inspiration of personal excellence through our example as Black Belts both in and out of the school.
  • To ensure the long-term growth of the school and its staff by providing legendary student service.

Valley Shore Martial Arts is committed to providing the highest quality martial arts instruction and training. We offer you this training by our highly trained staff in a friendly, positive atmosphere. At Valley Shore Martial Arts, people of all ages, with or without previous martial arts experience, can learn to defend themselves, get a great workout, have fun, and ultimately improve as an individual.

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